ERIC Number: ED255856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
Child Sexual Abuse Victims in the Courts. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary. United States Senate, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session on Oversight Hearings to Consider the Testimony of Children in Sexual Abuse Cases (May 2 and 22, 1984). Serial No. J-98-119.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
This document provides witnesses' testimony and prepared statements from two sessions of the Congressional hearing called to examine allegations of sexual abuse of children by parents or stepparents, and the problems associated with children's court testimony in criminal sexual abuse cases. Testimony from the first session includes statements from two women whose children had been sexually abused by their noncustodial fathers during visitation periods, the attorney of one of these women, a California Superior Court judge, and a California Deputy District Attorney involved in the legal aspects of child sexual abuse cases. Testimony in the second session is focused on children's court testimony about being sexually abused. The issues of children's competency to testify, difficulties faced by children who testify, and media access to child abuse trials are explored. Testimony is presented from three people involved in the Manhatten Beach, California case in which preschoolers allegedly were sexually abused; a young girl who has testified in court, and her mother; a man whose stepdaughter was sexually abused by her natural father; a psychologist and legal expert in the field; and the director of Child Protection at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. Additional statements and views are included in the appendix. (NRB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.